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Capacity choice in a duopoly with a consumer-friendly firm and an absolute profit-maximizing firm

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  • Nakamura, Yasuhiko
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    This paper studies a capacity choice problem in a duopoly with substitutable goods that is composed of one consumer-friendly firm and one standard absolute profit-maximizing firm in the contexts of both quantity competition and price competition with substitutable goods. In this paper, we assume that the consumer-friendly firm maximizes the weighted sum of its absolute profit and consumer surplus. We show that in the quantity competition, for the consumer-friendly firm, under-capacity is chosen when the extent of the importance of consumer surplus to the consumer-friendly firm is high relative to the degree of product differentiation, whereas over-capacity is chosen otherwise. Moreover, we find that in the price competition, the consumer-friendly firm chooses over-capacity when the extent of importance of consumer surplus to the consumer-friendly firm is high relative to the degree of product differentiation, whereas it chooses under-capacity otherwise. Furthermore, regardless of the extent of the importance of consumer surplus to the consumer-friendly firm and the degree of product differentiation, it is shown that in the quantity competition, the absolute profit-maximizing firm chooses over-capacity, whereas in the price competition, it chooses under-capacity.

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    Article provided by Elsevier in its journal International Review of Economics & Finance.

    Volume (Year): 34 (2014)
    Issue (Month): C ()
    Pages: 105-117

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    Handle: RePEc:eee:reveco:v:34:y:2014:i:c:p:105-117
    DOI: 10.1016/j.iref.2014.07.004
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